Children’s book helps author’s autistic daughter make friends, with all proceeds going | Yakima News

YAKIMA, Wash. — Nikki Prather wrote the book ‘The bird that could not fly‘, to help children better understand those around them with autism. Prather’s inspiration? Her ten-year-old daughter with autism, who is also non-verbal.

The book turned the page to a new chapter for her daughter, Geneviève. Since posting in 2020, Prather said she’s seen her make more friends and do better in school.

“I get pictures from her teachers of her running around the playground and holding hands with some of the girls at school…things I didn’t get before so it’s really rewarding to see “Prather said.

Prather read to Genevieve’s classmates and other elementary schools in the West Valley School District during World Autism Awareness Month.

“It was really helpful, they asked really good questions about how they could be a best friend to her,” Prather said.

Provisions Restaurant and Market started selling its book just a few weeks ago and has already sold out twice.

“It’s great to have the community come out and support the locals,” said general manager Lindsay Park.

But Prather said his book is all about the message, not on making a profit.

Proceeds are intended for scholarships for Heritage University students who require child care while attending classes. The Early Learning Center caters to students who have children with or without autism.

“Oh my God. I’m just really amazed at Nikki’s generosity for doing this. It really helps every little bit,” said general manager Claudette Lindquist.

Heritage University students can get full or partial scholarships depending on their need. Thanks to Prather, some can save $800 a month on childcare.